Pirates Make a Series of Roster Moves

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few roster moves this afternoon. They recalled right-hander Jared Hughes from Triple-A, and placed right-hander Chad Qualls on the Bereavement List due to an illness in his family. The team also recalled infielder Yamaico Navarro and optioned Jeff Locke to Triple-A.

Prior to the Navarro move, the Pirates were a man short on the bench, and last night’s injury to Neil Walker didn’t help the situation. Walker isn’t in today’s lineup, although no DL trip has been announced.

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  • nickmid13

    These moves don’t make sense to me. Why not just call up Navarro and place Qualls on bereavement? I understand it’s a very small sample, but Locke more than held his own in his two outings.

    • http://twitter.com/Joshiswrite Josh

      I agree, Locke did look good, unfortunately the role he was given didn’t allow us to capitalize on our players in the best way. With the six man rotation essentially removing a roster spot from our team we can’t really afford to waste a bullpen spot on a pitcher that we were seemingly only willing to use in long relief situations.

      That said, I think Locke has shown promise and would’ve had no problem if they chose to put him in as the sixth man and DFA’d Correia. I’m glad Hughes is back though.

      I also wouldn’t mind if we called up Tabata instead of repeatedly running Snider out there while he is injured.

  • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

    I’m on the bereavement list as long as Qualls is on the active roster. Cut him loose, please.

    • http://www.facebook.com/james.vargo.35 James Vargo

      It’s sad to breath a sigh of relief when you learn he won’t be pitching a game…

      • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

        Yes, but thank goodness he can’t blow anything in the meantime.

  • st1300b

    Tabata can stay in AAA until he starts to show power for my money. Power as in HR power, not 2b power. I like the outfield as it is with Marte, Cutch, and Snider / Jones / Sanchez.
    The real question is who takes the full time 2b role with Neil out. I like the idea of Navarro getting the shot over Mercer and Harrison – I don’t think Mercer is ready quite yet and I like Harrison better as the full utility guy.
    I tell you though, it might be that Brock Holt is the real answer – this kid is ripping the cover off the ball no matter where you play him. I’d have liked to have seen him for a short opportunity too.

    • http://twitter.com/Joshiswrite Josh

      Do you really need your leadoff guy (presumably what Tabata’s best suited for) to have consistent HR power? I mean, I know when he was 17 people were expecting his bat to have more pop by this point but isn’t it time we alter the expectations for him?

      • whiteAngus

        I agree with your comment. If Tabata can just be what he was pre-2011, he could be a valuable leadoff man, wether it be for the Bucs or some other team. Marte has some talent, but lets be real here: hes not a leadoff guy.

        • http://www.facebook.com/james.vargo.35 James Vargo

          He steals more bases than Tabata, and gets picked off less.

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